Dec. 29, 2017
Remembering our colleagues
This week, Ohio Valley District and Eastern Area continue to mourn the loss of Dublin, Ohio, Postmaster Ginger Ballard and Customer Services Supervisor Lance Herrera-Dempsey, who both were senselessly killed on the morning of December 23.
In their honor, we are announcing a moment of silence throughout the Eastern Area at 9:00 am EST today, Friday, December 29, to remember Ginger and Lance.
Ginger and Lance were valued members of our Postal family who cared deeply about the Postal Service, our employees, and our customers. Our hearts and our thoughts are with them and with their loved ones as we share their loss and hope for healing.
Today’s message is shared jointly by the Postal Service and our unions — the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union along with our Management Associations – the United Postmasters and Managers of America and National Association of Postal Supervisors.
We know that the tragic events that occurred last week are impossible to understand and difficult to bear for many of us, and we also know that violence in the workplace can never be justified or condoned. Remember that the Employee Assistance Program is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your family to cope with grief, stress, and any other challenges that you may face. It’s available online at www.EAP4U.com, or by phone at 800-327-4968. The TTY number is 877-492-7341.
Thank you for listening, and thank you for all you do every day — for the Postal Service, for our customers and for each other.
David G. Van Allen
USPS Strategic Communications
Northern Ohio and Ohio Valley Districts